Abr 7 2006, 10h15 por sumitOne of the things I wasn't sure I'd made clear enough in my recent post about musical abundance was that I didn't think Momus (to whom I was mostly responding) was thinking about dollars-and-cents when talking about the need to "remove" music from our everyday lives. Now he's written this, which makes his enlightened position on filesharing much clearer.
Abr 5 2006, 1h27 por sumitMomus (always a good read) recently posted about how music is being cheapened by its omnipresence: "Increasingly, music is ... profane, banal, public, shared, irritating, ordinary and ubiquitous. It's in every restaurant and every cafe and every car and every office and on every computer and on every website." This, he suggests, calls for a "great work of music removal", to be undertaken by those "who love music and want to save it by making it scarce again." Now I've done more than my fair share of ranting about the horrors of muzak. But this project, even if it were feasible, strikes me as dubious.
Momus correctly notes that the reasons for music's ubiquity are economic: iPods are profitable; and so is MySpace (or so Rupert Murdoch must be hoping), and both lever off our love of music, as do many other distribution channels. His counterproposal, although he doesn't acknowledge it explicitly, is also economic: to increase the value of a good (in this case, music) by through scarcity. …
Mar 3 2006, 12h03 por anorakhighstI'm listening to some MP3s I found of The Little Red Songbook (which, apparently, was deleted because of a libel suit by Wendy Carlos).
The musical arrangements range from good to sublime (when Momus is in full synthpop-music-hall-classicist mode, he knocks the Pet Shop Boys into a cocked hat). The lyrics are quite witty, if often eccentric and sex-obsessed (though that's Momus for you).
The material is let down somewhat by the production, however, which is thin and weak. In my opinion, Momus could do with a good producer to work with, who can give his recordings sound quality to match the lush intricacy of the music; in fact, a good mastering engineer could probably improve the sound of the recordings. Unless the sound is the result of deliberate artistic choice, a rejection of bourgeois/capitalist/consumerist conventions perhaps?
Fev 20 2006, 18h39 por johannpI've been exploring Momus's music since I found out about his blog which never ceases to surprise with its well written entries. It seems as if Momus deliberately tries to challenge the listener time after time, and consequently some of his material is more accessible than other. The albums I've found the most appealing so far are Voyager and Little Red Songbook. Momus fairly effortlessly jumps between genres like analog baroque, pop, rap and dance, and it's generally interesting to listen to.
I've also been investigating more new and old material from the Shibuya-kei scene, particularly Reggae Disco Rockers, Losfeld, and certain albums by Capsule, particularly L.D.K. Lounge Designers Killer which stood out as one of the most interesting Capsule albums I've heard in a while. There's still life out there.
Fev 2 2006, 9h58 por BertBugalI bought a Momus album ages ago and had a listen to it last night. I haven't listened to it for ages and thought that maybe you will like this.
Momus (aka. Nick Currie) I think is a Scotsman who has created a large amount of albums. I only have two but they are cracking Ping Pong with tracks like my pervert doppelganger and Tamagotchi Press Officer! Momus is heavily influenced by Japanise pop music and is a big fan of Cornelius (aka. Keigo Oyamada) to the extent of writing a song about him (and other influencial people) on Stars Forever.
Momus' has created some great music over spaning 25 years, I strongly recomend it. (if you like electronic Japanise pop and some wacky lyrics that is!)
Some other bands in the same vane...
Kahimi Karie (who Momus wrote for Kahimi Karie and she sing for most of Momus' female voice tracks)
Pizzicato Five (who in the same vain was a big influence to Momus)
Liaka (no conection to Momus, I think, but simular music)
Jan 18 2006, 9h13 por taniwhalaughing the night away, tis the first time i've heard of Momus
Jan 17 2006, 14h50 por mrbanjoI've just noticed that out of my top five bands, three begin with 'M'!
The Mountain Goats
The Mendoza Line
(also in my top five are Sufjan Stevens- who definately deserves the top spot and Ivy- who is good, but probs isn't my fifth favourite artist ever - it's just one of those few that I quite like and so does my girlfriend.)
But back onto more examples of great bands beggining with 'M'.
Marion - Slightly crap mid nineties indie/brit-pop. Absolutely fantastic.
Momus - That crazy patched up man his synthesisers and dirty lyrics. Wish i had more of his old stuff.
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - A great band, if not my favourite ever, "The impression that I get" has to rate them as a great band all on it's own.
Madonna - No, I've not really enjoyed her much in the last ten years or so either. But back in the day. She was Great!
Madness- Who could resist?
They're all "M-credible"!
Dez 29 2005, 19h56 por fakeplasticman2005 is a year that probably won't let itself be forgotten in the annals of my past as I grow older. Right now, I see this past year as that which has defined my transition from childhood to adolescence. Yes, this past year has seen the most radical maturation of my musical tastes to date, and I quite simply cannot imagine such another individual evolution anytime soon. Maybe adulthood, which looms on the horizon. For now, I'd like to pay hommage to this year with a recap of the artists that I have discovered and have since changed my perspective on music.
Belle & Sebastian
Boards of Canada
Broken Social Scene
Death in Vegas
Do Make Say Think
Explosions in the Sky
The Fiery Furnaces
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Iron & Wine
The Mars Volta
Nov 10 2005, 13h59 por fredrikla few maybe .still .ehm. missing
2005-10-07 | Architecture in Helsinki - Debaser, Stockholm
2005-10-03 | Blood Music - Ugglan, Stockholm
2005-10-01 | Sigur Rós - Circus, Stockholm
2005-09-30 | Frida Hyvönen - Folkets hus, Örebro
2005-09-29 | Suburban Kids with Biblical Names - Satin, Örebro
2005-08-31 | Malcolm Middleton - Kulturhuset, Stockholm
2005-05-02 | Mono - Södra teatern, Stockholm
2005-04-22 | Björns Vänner - Sticky fingers, Göteborg
2005-04-21 | Ingenting - Jazzhuset, Göteborg
2005-03-22 | Kimya Dawson - Debaser, Stockholm
2005-03-07 | Adam Green - Debaser, Stockholm
2005-02-28 | Bright Eyes - Münchenbryggeriet, Stockholm
2005-02-28 | Rilo Kiley - Münchenbryggeriet, Stockholm
2005-01-31 | R.E.M. - Globen, Stockholm
2004-11-28 | Interpol - Mondo, Stockholm
2004-11-01 | Graham Coxon - Nalen, Stockholm
2004-11-01 | Alf - Nalen, Stockholm
Out 8 2005, 10h10 por jipLijstje,
Wouter van Veldhoven
The Puddle Parade
Claw Boys Claw
vive la fete
Belle and Sebastian
De Dopegezinde Gemeente